Lifecycle Building Center Inc

Turning waste into wealth and opportunity

aka LBC   |   ATLANTA, GA   |  http://www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org/

Mission

Environmental stewardship and community resilience by creating a sustainable lifecycle for the built environment.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Shannon Goodman

Director of Operations

Chris Hamilton

Main address

P.O. Box 7661

ATLANTA, GA 30357 USA

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EIN

45-2645951

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a significant need for reuse especially in the construction industry. Building materials comprise an estimated 25-40% of everything thrown away in the United States alone.

Consider this typical home remodel. Materials removed: 27 percent wood, 18 percent cardboard/paper, 15 percent drywall, 9 percent insulation, 8 percent roofing, 7 percent metal, 6 percent rubble (concrete, brick, asphalt), 5 percent land-clearing debris (earth, sod, brush) and 5 percent miscellaneous.

(Figures supplied by Waste Age Magazine)

 A whopping 90 percent of this material can be recycled or reused. Without organizations like LBC, all this waste piles up in landfills. As billions of tons accumulate each year in landfills, we need to remember that when we throw materials away, there is no “away." There are cabinets that could be reinstalled in someone's home; doors that could be recycled as furniture; materials that should not be tossed into landfills 

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Material Match Progam

LBC provides free resources to nonprofits, schools, community groups and houses of faith each year, thereby strengthening each organization's ability to enact their mission and serve their constituents. Since 2011, LBC has provided free materials to 140 nonprofits, schools, community groups and houses of faith through its Nonprofit Material MATCH Program.

Population(s) Served

Deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, repurposing, recycling and waste management. In order to salvage building materials, LBC offers deconstruction services to clients for a fee. Deconstruction is the practice of disassembling a building in such a way that the building materials can be reused and is a cost-competitive alternative to conventional building demolition that results in environmental and social benefits.

Population(s) Served

In LBC's Home Performance Workshop Series, LBC Board and staff members guide participants through hands-on exercises that provide homeowners with the knowledge and skills needed to improve the efficiency, durability and safety of their homes.

Population(s) Served

LBC's DIY workshops series taps into the creative want-to-build community in Atlanta; participants learn both materiel deconstruction and build skills in this cared series that had previously addressed re-purposing pallets as both decor and furnishings, small garden design-build projects and many other amazing and imaginative, 'what-can-you-create;, workshops, centered on innovative materiel reuse

Population(s) Served

Reuse is the process of using an item again. Items can be reused for their original purpose, or fulfill a new & creative function. Identifying and saving building materials is where it all begins and is the lifeblood of the LBC. Our Reuse Center is a sustainable way to divert waste destined for the landfills. LBC is a building reuse center that focuses on identifying and saving building materials with the intention the material will be used again. Reuse saves not only resources, but also provides financial benefits to the communities. LBC helps save money by providing low-cost materials to the general public, offering tax benefits from donations, and free materials to other nonprofits.

Population(s) Served

The idea is to reduce solid waste disposal, promote resource efficiency, stimulate economic development, and empower every citizen to improve their own built environment. LBC offers the following options in material diversion: materiel drop-off at the LBC reuse center, free material pick-up, and the selective dismantling of materials with the intention of reuse known as deconstruction. We then sell the materials back to the general public so the items stay out of the waste stream.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

VISION FOR 2022:
•2.5 million pounds of building materials diverted from the landfill annually.
•LBC is better recognized, and its services are easier for clients, especially material donors and retail clients, to engage with via a safe and more efficient facility (Phase 1 improvements) with enhanced systems, technology and customer service; along with more efficient deconstruction services; and expanded education and outreach, and nonprofit material match programs.
•An expanded, more specialized, supported and empowered staff; a board transitioned into impactful governance, and more volunteers.
•Fiscal stewardship by maintaining a balance of at least 2/3 earned income with increased philanthropic giving.

3 – YEAR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Mission- Services Objectives
1.1. 1.4 million pounds of building materials are diverted from the landfill annually by improving efficiency and processes for material donors and retail clients, including finding ways to link them directly; and partnerships to enhance the recycling of materials.
1.2. $750,000 in annual retail sales through a fully functional and safe facility, improved customer service and signage, expanded retail offerings, a customer rewards program, and community outreach and education, including creative reuse of materials.
1.3. Expanded education program via partnering with other organizations and skilled “industry expert" volunteers, initially through DIY workshops and reuse education, and outreach to increase both supply and demand of building materials; and then a plan for future workforce development.
1.4. Improved and then expanded nonprofit material donation program with more effective ways to meet their material needs; and collaboration with local churches to identify and connect them with the materials needed for their churches and congregations.

Facilities and Operations Objectives
2.1. Safe, code compliant building that is efficient, healthy and enhances retail experience with Phase 1 Facility improvements completed along with planning for Phase 2, including possible co-location.
2.2. More effective inventory turnover from enhanced systems, processes and technology making it easier for all clients and for LBC's staff to effectively manage client relationships, especially material donors and retail clients,
Fund Development/Finance Objectives
3.1. $1.2 million annual budget raised by at least 2/3 from increased sales and earned income, and 1/3 from increased philanthropic funding, including foundation and corporate support, and individual giving
3.2. Develop 4-month operating reserve that covers breakeven expenses for effective fiscal stewardship.

Mission- Services Objectives
1.1. $750,000 in annual retail sales through a fully functional and safe facility, improved customer service and signage, expanded retail offerings, a customer rewards program, and community outreach and education, including creative reuse of materials.
1.2. 1.4 million pounds of building materials are diverted from the landfill annually by improving efficiency and processes for material donors and retail clients, including finding ways to link them directly; and partnerships to enhance the recycling of materials.
1.3. Expanded education program via partnering with other organizations and skilled “industry expert" volunteers, initially through DIY workshops and reuse education, and outreach to increase both supply and demand of building materials; and then a plan for future workforce development.
1.4. Improved and then expanded nonprofit material donation program with more effective ways to meet their material needs; and collaboration with local churches to identify and connect them with the materials needed for their churches and congregations.
Facilities and Operations Objectives
2.1. Safe, code compliant building that is efficient, healthy and enhances retail experience with Phase 1 Facility improvements completed along with planning for Phase 2, including possible co-location.
2.2. More effective inventory turnover from enhanced systems, processes and technology making it easier for all clients and for LBC's staff to effectively manage client relationships, especially material donors and retail clients,
Fund Development/Finance Objectives
3.1. $1.3 million annual budget raised by at least 2/3 from increased sales and earned income, and 1/3 from increased philanthropic funding, including foundation and corporate support, and individual giving
3.2. Develop 4-month operating reserve that covers breakeven expenses for effective fiscal stewardship.
Human Resources Objectives.
4.1. 90% retention of highly qualified staff and additional specialized staff (13-15 staff), including positions in Deconstruction and staff support for Resource Development/Community Outreach and Volunteer Management, ensuring their safety, providing professional development opportunities, enhancing teamwork and conducting succession planning.
4.2. Transitioned from an operations to governance Board with sustained leadership that effectively manages its own activities, is appropriately connected with staff and operations, but more involved in community outreach and fundraising, along with increased use of volunteers in DIY training and retail operations.
Marketing, Community Awareness and Communications Objectives
5.1. Community awareness and outreach so more are aware and participate, including LBC's educational programs, via initial focused marketing to film industry, design community and homebuilders, and community outreach and engagement in SW Atlanta Community via the faith community.
5.2. Further build brand thru increased social

2017 Outcomes:
-LBC has captured over 890,000 pounds of usable materials from the waste stream so in 2017, with over 3.6 million pounds diverted to date.
-40 nonprofit organizations have been awarded material donations in 2017, with 140 organizations receiving free materials since LBC began operations in 2011
-Our programs have saved the community $545,000 in 2017 through discounted materials and material donations, with a lifetime total community savings of over $2.2 million
-LBC's fundraising capacity has continued to grow, including new partnerships with Cox Enterprises,
Hannah Solar and Turner Foundation, as well as renewed support by Ray C Anderson Foundation, Waterfall Foundation, Georgia‐Pacific, Perkins + Will, Mohawk Group and many other stalwart supporters.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lifecycle Building Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Muñoz

CSR, LLC

Colony Canady

(Alston & Bird LLP

Tyler Edgarton

Raulet Property Partners / Mailing Avenue Stageworks

Geoff Gober

West Paces Advisors

John Henriquez

Windham Brannon

Felicia McDade

Honeywell Building Solutions

Jay McGinnity

Perennial Properties)

Todd Poole

Poole Huffman

Alan Scoggins

Leapley Construction

Joe Thomas

Elemental Green, LLC

Betsy Wallace

E Wallace Strategies / CSR

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes